The Goriška statistical region had 6% of Slovenia’s population in 2016. This is the only region with practically the same number of men and women. The region stood out with the highest share of people aged 80+ (6%). A natural decrease and negative net migration were recorded in 2016; the population decreased by 265 inhabitants. There were 41 students per 1,000 population in this region, which was the most in the country. The unemployment rate was below the national average (7.1%). 15% of persons in employment in this region worked outside their region of residence, which was not much; only the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region had a lower share (9%).

In 2016 the region had the fourth highest share of completed dwellings (48%). In the Goriška statistical region over 773,200 overnight stays were generated in 2016; 78% of them were generated by foreign tourists, most of them by tourists from Italy. In 2016, 514 kg of municipal waste per capita was generated, which was 38 kg over the national average; 64% of municipal waste was collected separately. Households in the region were supplied 40.2 m3 of water per capita. As regards the share of waste water treated before discharge from the sewage system, with 67% the region was ranked among the worst in the country. The number of passenger cars per 1,000 population was the highest in the country (589), as was their the highest average age (11.1 years).